AUBURN, Ala. — Redshirt freshman Sammie Coates’s most noted moment of the 2012 season had been catching Kiehl Frazier’s end-of-half Hail Mary against Louisiana-Monroe, one of Coates’ three catches this year.
Now he’ll be a point of discussion for ranting against the lack of leadership among Auburn’s veterans, a frustrated tirade as the Tigers try to recover from a 1-4 start.
Some interesting quotes from Coates:
On being All In or going home:
“It’s time to show everybody what we’ve got. We just keep falling in a hole, and everybody keeps doubting us. I know we’ve got a good team. We’ve got the athletes we need. But we’ve got to step up.”
On a need for leadership:
“They put it on the older guys, but they aren’t showing much. Coach always talks about leadership, and nobody’s trying to be a leader. They talk about it all the time, but you don’t see it. You talk about how you want to be a better man and a better football player, but nobody’s stepping up to the plate and taking advantage of that.”
On Gene Chizik’s message to the team:
“He challenged the wide receivers to go out there, step up and play, but I think it’s time for everybody to step up and play. He challenged everybody Sunday. He told us to either step it up, become a man, take care of our business, or we’re going to keep bending over and getting run over. We’ve got to play together as a team and be behind each other’s back 100 percent. That’s the only way we’re going to win.”
On whether there’s a heart of the team:
“We’ve got a couple guys, like T-Bell (CB T’Sharvan Bell), Lutz (Philip Lutzenkirchen), but they’re kind of down themselves. It’s got to come from one of the young guys or one of the quarterbacks, somebody like that, because it takes one of those guys with a main role in the situation. That’s how I feel about it.”
On comparing Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley’s vocal leadership:
“They’re about the same. They talk, but they talk enough. They explain, but they don’t explain enough. They want us to be good, but they’ve got to show some leadership themselves. They know that. If they want us to come behind them, they’ve got to show us how it is. We need somebody to tell us what they want us to do. The coaches try to motivate us, but it’s got to be a player. Coaches aren’t out there with us. Somebody’s got to step up to the plate and take over.”
On which wide receivers are stepping up:
“Emory Blake. He’s been here for a while. Stallworth, them guys, they just try to show us leadership. Somebody else has to step up too, we can’t just depend on one person.
On whether he’s prepared to take that leadership role:
“I think I am. I’m ready for that role. I’m trying my best at practice, I’ll keep fighting at practice to get better every single day.”